DeBloise Returns to Stingrays from AHL

Oct 26, 2015

10/26/2015 10:20 AM -

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.- The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 23 seasons in the Lowcountry and proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), have added a key piece to the lineup. The club announced today the forward Derek DeBlois has rejoined the team after starting the season in the American Hockey League (AHL). 

DeBlois, 24, enjoyed a fantastic rookie season with South Carolina last year. In 2014-2015, the 5-foot-11, 187-pound DeBlois posted 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists) in 59 games during his rookie season with the Stingrays. He led the club in goals and finished third in points. The Narragansett, R.I. native was a key part of South Carolina’s run to the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals, registering 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 27 playoff games.

DeBlois, who played his NCAA Hockey at the University of Michigan, also appeared in four games for the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, scoring one goal. DeBlois participated in an NHL Rookie Tournament with the Washington Capitals in September, and attended the club's training camp before moving to Lake Erie. With the Monsters, he skated in a pair of games, notching two penalty minutes and a plus-minus rating of +1. 

“Derek had an exceptional second half to his rookie season, and I expect him to pick up where he left off,” Stingrays Head Coach Spencer Carbery said at the time of DeBlois signing. “His all-around game at both ends of the ice was something we were able to consistently rely on every night and we look for that to continue this season.”

DeBlois has joined the Stingrays in Florida. The club plays the Everblades tonight at 7:30 p.m. Fans may watch the game at the Watch Party Destination for Stingrays road games, King Street Grille-Northwoods. The two clubs play again Friday at the Germain Arena at 7:30 p.m. 

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